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Foxconn Employs Interns between 14 to 16

China Labor Watch

October 15, 2012

 

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According to China Labor Watch’s investigation and a Chinese media report, Foxconn Yantai employed child labor during this last summer. Workers at this factory reported to CLW on October 4th that interns under 16 years of age worked in the factory. This has also been confirmed by the Chinese radio show “Zhongguo Zongheng”. The report can be found here: http://games.qq.com/a/20121016/000053.htm

A small number of student interns employed in the summer were between 14 to 16 years old. Now Foxconn has begun to send those underage interns back to school. These underage interns were mainly sent to Foxconn by schools, but Foxconn did not check the IDs of these young interns. The schools involved in this incident should take primary responsible, but Foxconn is also culpable for not confirming the ages of their workers. China Labor Watch calls on the Chinese government to improve the current intern system of Chinese schools.

 

Update on Oct 16, 2012:

 

Translated report from Voice of China

Foxconn child labor work overtime around the clock to make Japanese video game consoles 

October 16, 2012

According to a report by the Voice of China’s radio show “Breadth of News”, in the beginning of September, Voice of China reported on the fact that large numbers of students from secondary technical schools in Jiangsu Province had been forced to do internships at Foxconn factories. Foxconn responded to this by claiming that students could end their internship and leave the factory whenever they wished. But not a month later, the Chinese Central News Hotline received multiple calls from university students in Yantai, Shandong Province reporting that from September of this year, multiple vocational colleges in Yantai had arranged for their students to enter Foxconn’s Yantai Technology Park as interns. Among these students were some who had not reached the age of 16.

This reporter’s investigation discovered that these students worked as normal workers in the factory, regularly working overtime and night shifts. Many of these students said they wished to return to school, but their teachers threatened them, saying “if you don’t intern, then you won’t get any credit, won’t receive a graduation diploma, or may even be kicked out of school.” In turns out that Foxconn never honored its promise to let students “end their internship and leave the factory whenever they wish”.

Foxconn Yantai is currently testing the Nintendo Wii U video game console

Why did Foxconn Yantai begin hiring students on a large scale? Is interning at Foxconn a choice of the student or is it forced by the school? Or is their another reason behind all of this?

This year, 14 years and 10 months old Xiao Wang (alias) is a second year student studying in the machinery department of Yantai Engineering and Technology College. On September 10, he and more than 2000 classmates came together to Foxconn’s Yantai Techonology Park to intern. The students were put to work on production and transport on the factory floor.

Xiao Wang said, “I did transport work, helping them move goods. Right now, the night shift is 7:40 PM until the morning…you know, til what time in the morning is uncertain. Whenever the work is done is when you get off your shift. If you don’t finish the work, he (the production line foreman) won’t let you end your shift. Usually, you can get off by 7 AM. My arms would hurt from the work.”

Last Friday, after working consecutive night and overtime shifts, Xiao Wang didn’t feel well. When he asked his teacher for sick leave, the Xiao Wang didn’t receive approval. He thus registered his third “absenteeism” and was fired by the factory. A classmate asked a teacher from the school staying at Foxconn about the situation. The teacher responded by saying that if you are fired by the factory, then you’ll be kicked out of school when you go back.

The student asked, “If someone was fired from the factory, could they return to school?”

Teacher Zhang answered, “After they return, they’ll be kicked out of school.”

Student: “They’ll be kicked out when they go back?”

Teacher Zhang: “Yep.”

Students under 16 y.o.a. also required to work overtime and night shifts

This reporter came to understand that the work ID’s of underage workers in the Foxconn Yantai factory had an extra line on their ID numbers, allowing them to be differentiated. Moreover, students have their personal ID card copied when they first enter the factory.

According to preliminary calculations, among interning students from Yantai Engineering and Technology College at Foxconn Yantai, “fifty to sixty” are underage. These students are also required to work overtime and night shifts.

This reporter: “How many days of rest do you get in a month?”

An underage student: “Not even one.”

Reporter: “No rest during the weekend?”

The underage student: “You have to look at whether or not production output is high. If it is high every weekend, then production won’t stop on any of those weekends.”

Similarly, second-year foodstuffs and accounting majors from the Shandong Business Institute were sent to Foxconn to intern on October 8.

Student: “We must go. If we don’t, they won’t give us a graduation diploma or school credit.”

Reporter: “Who said this?”

Student: “The class adviser and department chairman both said this. Otherwise, we wouldn’t go for anything.”

Due to the fact that students who attend vocational schools have just graduated from junior high school, many students at Shandong Business Institute are underage.

Student: “I’m underage. I haven’t reached 18 yet. I’m 17. And there are others among us who are younger than me.”

Editor’s note: the report goes on to discuss more of the reporter’s interviews, including discussions about student workers’ wages, forced long working hours, the product they are making, and the monetary benefit that schools receive for sending students to Foxconn. 

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Update October 14:3000 to 4000 workers strike at Foxconn’s China factory

China Labor Watch

October 5, 2012

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Workers for Fxoconn ZhengZhou

Photograph: Ye Fudao/worker for Foxconn ZhengZhou

(New York) China Labor Watch (CLW) announced that at 1:00PM on October 5 (Beijing time), a strike occurred at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory that, according to workers, involved three to four thousand production workers. In addition to demanding that workers work during the holiday, Foxconn raised overly strict demands on product quality without providing worker training for the corresponding skills. This led to workers turning out products that did not meet standards and ultimately put a tremendous amount of pressure on workers. Additionally, quality control inspectors fell into to conflicts with workers and were beat up multiple times by workers. Factory management turned a deaf ear to complaints about these conflicts and took no corrective measures. The result of both of these circumstances was a widespread work stoppage on the factory floor among workers and inspectors.

The majority of workers who participated in this strike were workers from the OQC (onsite quality control) line. According to workers, multiple iPhone 5 production lines from various factory buildings were in a state of paralysis for the entire day.  It was reported that factory management and Apple, despite design defects, raised strict quality demands on workers, including indentations standards of 0.02mm and demands related to scratches on frames and back covers. With such demands, employees could not even turn out iPhones that met the standard. This led to a tremendous amount of pressure on workers. On top of this, they were not permitted to have a vacation during the holiday. This combination of factors led to the strike.

That quality control inspectors would also strike is of no surprise. According to workers, there was a fight between workers and quality control inspectors in area K that led to the damage in inspection room CA, the injury of some people, and the hospitalization of others. After this, another similar incident occurred in area K, once again leading to quality control inspectors getting beat up. Yesterday, inspectors in area L received physical threats. When inspectors reported these issues to factory management, the management simply ignored and turned their back on the issue. For these reasons, all day and night shift inspectors carried out a work stoppage today that paralyzed the production lines.

CLW Executive Director Li Qiang said, “This strike is a result of the fact that these workers just have too much pressure.”

October 14,2012

China Business Journal confirmed that 3,000 to 4,000 workers refused to work at Foxconn ZhengZhou

After CLW released a press release on October 5th on a strike occurred in Foxconn ZhengZhou, we received some doubts on the number of workers who participated in the strike. Today, China Business Journal published a report on the strike, they interviewed many workers in Foxconn ZhengZhou, part of this article confirmed our press release.

We translated some parts of their article which are related with our press release. For more details, please have a look at this link.  We are planning to translate the whole article nest week. http://tech.sina.com.cn/it/2012-10-14/09257700137.shtml

WangChunpei ( A worker who has been working in Foxconn for 7-8 years. He’s responsible for recruiting new workers.) received some phone calls and messages from some workers who stopped work, asking him not to recruit new workers anymore, instead joining the strike. Wang Chunpei said that there were 3,000-4,000 workers who refused to work overtime. He told the reporter that until October 6th evening, there were still many workers who refused to work. It is until 12 am that those workers who refused to work were “suppressed” by Foxconn guards. Some of the organizer of the strike had to resign. The head of a production line who initially had a conflict with workers “cannot work there any longer as well”.

王春陪在10月6日接到厂区一些停工员工的电话和短信,要求他不要再招工了,并一起参与停工。王春陪说,共有3000~4000人拒绝加班。他告诉记者,直到10月6日晚上,仍有许多人拒不上班抗议。直到凌晨12点,这些停工的员工才被富士康的协助保安“镇压”了下去,领头的几个员工被迫辞职,而最开始与员工言语起冲突的线长“也干不成了”。

But the reporter confirmed through investigation, this time several hundreds of workers were directly involved in the conflicts, and there are also 3,000-4,000 workers who protest by refusing to go to work, the whole incident lasts nearly 2 days.

但记者调查证实,此次有数百人直接涉及冲突,而另有3000~4000人则以坚持不上班来表示抗议,持续时间也将近两天。

A number of workers verified that,  it is due to the  previously stated reasons that lead to a conflict initially erupted in a production line in K district number 06 second floor at around noon on October 5th. A large number of workers went to protest in Foxconn management district. Some of the works saw that “the head of one production line who wears red were beaten up”.

多位员工证实,正是上述原因导致K区06号二楼的一条生产线于10月5日临近中午时分首先爆发冲突,大批员工涌向富士康管理层办公区抗议。6日则进入高潮:其中有员工亲眼看到“一名穿红色衣服的线长被打”。

Update:October 12

This is a relatively comprehensivert  report from The Economic Overserver (China). This report interviewed many workers in Foxconn ZhengZhou, including some workers who participated in the strike on October 5th. According to this report, because some of the qality inspectors were beaten up, they start to organize this strike from October 2nd. The strike started on October 5th. The followingis a weblink to the article. We are translating this article.

http://www.donews.com/it/201210/1677708.shtm

According to the information CLW received from workers in Foxconn ZhengZhou, After the strike, Foxconn is taking measures to resolve the comflicts between production line workers and quality inspectors. They have increased the number of workers on production line.

Update: October 8

According to several Chinese reports, Foxconn spokesman said that around 400 workers were absent from work. I am doubtful of whether this number is true. The details people neglected is that these 400 workers are workers who didn’t come back to work on October 5th until the second day. On October 5th, according to several of our information resources, we confirmed that there were 3000-4000 workers who participated in the strike. Foxconn spokesman used a word which can be translated as “union expression” of the workers, however, they forgot to mention how many workers are involved in this “union expression”.

In fact, the production line in Foxconn is a streamline, if these workers stopped, there must be some stoppage of their production line. I believe that they put more workers on the production line, but I don’t think it is possible for them to continue the production completely. I’ve worked in a streamline before. In a stream line of 23 workers, if two workers left, the production line has to stop. In the 3 branch factories involved in this incident, there are around 7,000 quality inspectors in total.

I believe that some workers work overtime voluntarily. But some of the workers have to go to work because they work in a stream line. If they don’t go to work, they will get a lot of pressure from both the factories and their colleagues who are willing to work overtime.

Li Qiang

Update:   October 6

From October 1st to October 8th, it is the national Holiday in China. Foxcom required workers in the ZhengZhou Factory to work during this time to meet the production demand of iphone 5. On October 5th, workers from the OQC (onsite quality control) line went to the factory and then left due to the conflicts. Foxcom denied that these workers strike. However, according to the workers, they went on strike instead of not volunteering to work overtime. October 5th is a holiday, the workers are paid 3 times their normal pay. These workers went back to work on Saturday.

Update: October 7,2012

According to the information provided to us by 3 workers at Foxconn Zhengzhou. On October 5th, at the beginning, over 300 quality inspectors refused to swipe their cards and go to work in the morning. Later on, quality inspectors from 3 branch factories start to participate in the strike. The workers told us that there are around 100 quality inspectors per production workshop, and more than 70 production workshops were involved. At the peak of the incident, around 3000-4,000 workers participated in the strike.  Later on, the company authorities get involved and promised they would deal with their requests seriously, but they did not provide any detailed measures. Some of these workers went back to work, and some of them continued the strike. On the second day, the factory announced that anyone who is absent from work will be fired immediately. Most of the workers went back to work. Some of the workers left the factory.

(Fourthly, when we released our initial report on October 5th, I contacted 3 workers in factory to verify the information we received and we published all the information we confirmed by that time. But we have an investigator in that area, and he talked with many workers.)

About what happened on October 5th in Foxconn ZhengZhou, please see these two reports from Hongkong MingBao and CCStock. They have their own information source from workers in the factory. And what they found from their information source is consistent with our report.

http://hk.news.yahoo.com/iphone5%E6%8E%89%E6%BC%86%E5%BC%95%E7%88%86%E5%AF%8C%E5%A3%AB%E5%BA%B7%E5%B7%A5%E6%BD%AE%E8%98%8B%E6%9E%9C%E9%80%BC%E5%8A%A0%E5%BC%B7%E8%B3%AA%E6%AA%A2%E9%84%AD%E5%B7%9E%E5%BB%A0%E5%B7%A5%E4%BA%BA%E5%85%A7%E8%A8%8C-213329642.html

http://news.xinhuanet.com/fortune/2012-10/08/c_123792757.htm

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As Millions Buy iPhone 5, Chinese Workers at Apple Plant Foxconn Protest Workplace Conditions

Executive Director Li Qiang spoke today at Democracy Now! about the strike at Zhengzhou Foxconn factory on Oct 5th.

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Sept. 24, 100-worker strike occurred in Zhongshan, Guangdong

Sept. 24, almost 100 drivers and conductors of Guangdong Zhongshan Xiaolan public-transport Company stopped working to go on a strike, and 16 bus routes were affected because of this event. According to a driver’s description, the company was suspected of being involved docking wages and even withholding the working contracts. Thus making the staffs of this company ask for raising their salaries and benefits to protect their deserved labor rights.

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A 6000-workers strike occurred in Flextronics,Shanghai

Sept. 17th, 6000 workers of Flextronics in Shanghai had been called out to protest the removal compensation scheme. Because of the price of land and the problems of Human Resources, the headquarter of the company decided to move the industrial park to Suzhou instead of Jiading District, Shanghai. However, both sides couldn’t reach the agreement on the removal compensation, thus making the whole factory’s workers gathered to block the streets to fight for their rights and asked for their compensation they should receive.

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Weekly News Brief

September 2, 2012

•           Carrefour questioned for its use of dispatch workers: supermarkets use dispatch workers as an employment model. (China Youth Daily, Sept. 3) Supermarket giant Carrefour seems to be caught in a financial predicament. Xinhua News Agency reported that Georges Plassat, the CEO of Carrefour Group, announced on August 30th that the company will trim 500-600 administrative positions in France on a voluntary basis in order to streamline the organization and reduce expenses. He also said the Group is not planning large scale layoff. Since Carrefour entered the Chinese market in 1995, it has opened 210 stores, covering 64 cities in China. Carrefour has over 58,000 employees, 99% of whom are Chinese. Carrefour China had sales revenue of 45.2 billion RMB in 2011. Why does a company like Carrefour, which has developed so effortlessly in China, have so many labor disputes? Experts call the employment model used by Carrefour “covert employment.” The ILO pointed out in its report that the aim of covert employment is to evade labor law, social security obligations, and taxes. And China is not the first place in which Carrefour has utilized this model; it had been under investigation in France for the same practices.

 •           Colleges in Huai’an, Jiangsu forced students to intern at Foxconn. (Sina Finance, Sept. 4) Users of Sina Weibo posted on September 4 that colleges forced students to intern at Foxconn’s Huai’an factory. The investigation by Sina Finance showed that several colleges in Huai’an, Jiangsu required junior and senior students to intern at Foxconn factories. Students revealed that such internships are compulsory. A course called social practicum has two credits, and if the students do not take the internship for this class, they cannot graduate. Many students raised their objections to this system.

 •           Sanitation workers’ call for labor rights protection was answered. (People’s Daily, Sept. 5) A sanitation worker employed by He Jia Wu Ye in Chengdu claimed that they oftentimes worked from 5am to 11pm under direct sunlight during summertime in temperatures that approached 40ºC. However, in two years of work, the workers have never received a high temperature allowance. Moreover, their salaries have never met the local minimum wage standard. On August 27, the Labor Law Enforcement Team required He Jia Wu Ye to make adjustments. High temperature allowances are now required to be paid to the workers when the outdoor temperature exceeds 35ºC (as reported by the weather forecast). Authorities said that the Labor Law Enforcement Team would pay close attention to this matter and regulate the employment practices of He Jia. They also expressed that workers should protect themselves by immediately reporting any rights violations to the appropriate department.

•           Oil company employees fight for benefits for over a half month. (RFA, Sept. 6) – An oil company in Shan’xi province has over a thousand employees, 90% of whom are unofficial workers. Their salaries are much lower than that of official workers. The unofficial workers had been constantly requesting that the company provides equal salaries, but the company never responded. The workers began a sit-in on August 20th to protest against unequal salaries and limited-term employment contract, during which they blocked traffic twice. The company decided to hold tight in reaction to the sit-ins, and as a result, the workers are planning a large-scale strike.

•           China Railway Group Six beat up migrant workers demanding payment of overdue wages: the unfair game between employer and employees. (Tianya Forum, Sept. 5) – China Railway Group Six’s physical beating of migrant workers demanding payment of overdue wages again raises the issue of migrant workers struggling for their wages. There is no shortage of these incidents, but there is a severe lack of rights, lack of ability for workers to organize themselves, and a lack of ability to fight for their rights on an equal playing field. Recently, an alleged migrant worker posted on Tianya Forum that China Railway Group Six beat up workers and uploaded a number of pictures showing the violent scene. China Railway Sixth Group stated that they would respond to this matter immediately, and the situation is still in the process of unraveling.

•         Kingsoft brags about employee overtime? Lawyer: compulsory overtime illegal. (People’s Daily, Sept. 5) – A post on Weibo said yesterday that a 25-year-old employ of Kingsoft Games was found dead in the office. Shortly before the post, Kingsoft’s subsidiary Kingsoft Internet uploaded a picture of an employee laying his head on the desk and sleeping, saying that the employees have been working overtime for an entire week for the release of a new product. Internet users criticized the company culture for sacrificing the health of its employees and using them as machines. Kingsoft Internet later deleted said post.

•           Education Department of Nan Xun Dian County defaulted on 20 million project payment; migrant workers demand payment of overdue wages for two years and get arrested. (Kunming Daily, Sept. 4) – The new campus of No.1 Middle School of Xun Dian County has been built for over two years. However, more than 10 companies never received the project payment of millions of renminbi. Over 50 workers, after their unsuccessful attempt to recover overdue wages (only 10,000 of 50,000 RMB has been paid), came to the Education Department of Xun Dian County; the payment defaulted because the County Government and County Education Department had not correctly settled the project payment. On August 29, some workers blocked the gate of County Education Department. The police arrested 14 workers for “disturbing public order”, 8 of whom were put in detention.

 

•           Labor NGO “Little Grass Workers Home” in Shenzhen condemns violence in an open letter and obtains public support after its office was stormed. (Xinmin Labor, Sept. 2) – Since June of this year, Shenzhen’s Little Grass Workers Home had been under pressure and was eventually forced to move out of Bao’an District. First, there were frequent inspections from different town and district authorities. Then the landlord firmly decided to repose the premises. Shiyan Police and Fire Departments also selectively issued tickets and forced Little Grass  to cease operations. The landlord confessed after Little Grass’ efforts to communicate with him that he was also under external pressure. The office was stormed by over 10 unidentified men who claimed themselves to be from the property management company. They removed furniture, books, documents, and other contents from the office and caused serious damages. They then welded the door before they left.

•           Samsung accused again of abusing Chinese workers. (BBC China, Sept. 6) – Labor rights group “China Labor Watch” published another report on the 5th of September claiming that eight factories of Samsung in China are illegally violating the rights of and abusing workers, including illegal overtime, child labor, prohibiting workers from sitting during work, lack of labor safety gear, and not signing employment contracts with workers. A Samsung spokesperson said, “We regularly review worker overtime. However, there are times when workers need to work overtime at some plants, because of production needs.” However, the company denied allegations that it used child labor, saying it has a “zero tolerance” toward child labor.

•           Taxi drivers strike in Taizhou, Zhejiang to protest against high dues owed to the taxi company. (NetEase, Sept. 4) – On September 3, over 300 taxies parked in the plaza in front of a theater in Yuhuan County, Taizhou, Zhejiang Province. The strike was meant to protest against high dues owed to the taxi company and the out-of-control unlicensed taxies. Drivers put up slogans saying “We need to eat, we need to live.” One of the taxi drivers who participated in the strike said the primary reasons for their strike include high rents for cars, increasing numbers of unlicensed taxies, and the inability of drivers to protect their rights. The Yuhuan County government promised to put forward a solution before September 7 and encouraged the drives to resume business as soon as possible.

•           Several sanitation workers block the street in Guiyang. (Weibo, Sept. 5) – Internet users witnessed several sanitation workers blocking the street. The Urban Administration of Guiyang verified that social security disputes were the cause of the incident. On the same day, the heads of the City Sanitation Service, District Sanitation Service, and Social Security Bureau arrived at the scene to clarify the misunderstanding. The social security superintendent of the district provided explanations and answers.

•           Taxi drivers in Tongxiang carry out a strike against low taxi rates. (Nanhu Evening News, Sept. 6) The taxi drives on strike said that the purpose of the strike was to raise taxi rates. “Now the unlicensed taxi drivers are better off because they can ask for whatever rate they want. But we can’t do that!” Mr. Fei said, “We carried out this strike in order to raise the taxi rate. Of cause we hate those unlicensed taxies. But to be fair, the government made efforts before to reduce the number of unlicensed taxies.” Tongxiang Transportation Department is actively dealing with this matter.

•           Haidian: salaries turned into radishes and eggplants; cleaners’ get threatened after media exposure. (China News, Sept 6) The public bathroom cleaners in Yu Yuan Tan Park eventually received their three-month-overdue wages – 3,000 RMB per person. On August 30, Beijing Evening News reported in an article called “Radishes and Eggplants as salaries” that around 20 public bathroom cleaners in Yu Yuan Tan Park signed a contract that should have resulted in a monthly salary of 1,300, but they actually only received 1,000 RMB. The difference was paid using radishes and eggplants. Even so, wages were only given until this May. The report had serious repercussions for the workers’ company and the Human Resource and Social Security Bureau of Haidian District’s Labor Law Enforcement Department commenced an investigation over this matter. The employer, Beijing Hai Long Xing Landscaping Company, quickly made up for the difference, yet stuck to the salary of 1,000 RMB per month. The cleaners were satisfied with the 3,000 RMB given to them. However, the head of the company claimed that they would “find out who the whistleblower is.” The cleaners were anxious about this.|

•           Cleaners of Beijing South Railway Station moved up the strike to protest against retaliation. (Weiquanwang, Sept 8) At 6:30 in the morning on September 7, the morning-shift cleaners of Beijing South Railway Station carried out a strike to protest retaliation against them in an earlier strike. The strike lasted until 12:30pm, at which point the cleaners finally received a promise of a raise in their salaries. An assistant manager of the cleaning company warned the employees during a meeting that because some cleaners had connections with foreign websites and leaked news of the strike to international websites, the police have begun investigating into the leak. No communication with journalists was permitted.

•           Foxconn On Student Workers: Don’t Worry Guys, They’re ‘Free To Leave’ Anytime.(AP, Sept. 12)– Foxconn has responded to an accusation that vocational students are forced to work in its Chinese factories by saying Wednesday its agreement with their schools allows them to leave. China Labor Watch said this week that Foxconn employed students aged 16 to 18 in its factories. It cited employees as saying some wanted to leave but were compelled by their schools to stay. As for Foxconn’s general workforce, China Labor Watch said despite a recent pay hike, employees might take home less because allowances for food, housing, and social welfare fees might change. It said exactly how much they will make was unclear.

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Samsung Lied About Hiring Discrimination in China

China Labor Watch

September 10, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(New York) Today, China Labor Watch (CLW) has released a hiring announcement found at a Samsung factory called Tianjin Samsung Telecom Technology (TSTC) that clearly demonstrates the illegal discrimination imbued in the hiring practices at Samsung factories in China. Samsung’s announcement is below.

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Samsung’s hiring announcement, which was photographed on August 29, 2012, requires that applicants be female and not possess any type of communicable disease. According to Chinese labor and employment law, these requirements are illegal:

  •  Article 12 of Labour Law of the People’s Republic of China states, “Labourers shall not be discriminated against in employment, regardless of their ethnic community, race, sex, or religious belief.” [Link.]

  • Article 30 of the Employment Promotion Law of the People’s Republic of China states, “No employment unit, when recruiting employees, shall refuse to employ a job candidate on the basis that he/she is a carrier of any infectious pathogen.” [Link.]

On September 4, CLW published a report on the myriad labor abuses at 6 Samsung-owned and 2 supplier factories in China. Samsung responded to this report on September 7, claiming that “We are in full compliance with all laws related to child labor, forced labor and workplace discrimination.” [Link] And in an earlier statement, Samsung said “Samsung abides by all labor and human right laws in each region it operates”. These statements are simply not true.

Furthermore, the factory in question above, TSTC, which has over 6000 workers and produces Samsung cell phones, is 90% owned by Samsung and is directly managed by Samsung. It is impossible that Samsung does not know about the illegal hiring practices at its factory. Thus, we can only conclude that Samsung, in their previous statements, has being lying to the public about the lawful treatment of its workers.

 

About China Labor Watch:

Founded in 2000, China Labor Watch is an independent not-for-profit organization. In the past ten years, CLW has collaborated with labor organizations and the media to conduct a series of in-depth assessments of factories in China that produce toys, bikes, shoes, furniture, clothing, and electronics for some of the largest companies. CLW’s New York office creates reports from these investigations, educates the international community on supply chain labor issues, and pressures corporations to improve conditions for workers.

 

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E-Mail: qiang@chinalaborwatch.org
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An Investigation of Eight Samsung Factories in China: Is Samsung Infringing Upon Apple’s Patent to Bully Workers?

China Labor Watch

September 4, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(New York) Today, China Labor Watch (CLW) released an investigative report on 8 of Samsung’s directly-operated and supplier factories throughout China, including factories in Tianjin, Weihai, Huizhou, Suzhou, and Shenzhen. These factories, together employing over 20,000 workers, manufacture cell phones, DVD players, mobile displays, air conditioners, and other electronics and related parts for Samsung.

Conducting investigations from May to August 2012, CLW has uncovered a long list of severe labor abuses in these 8 factories, including but not limited to well over 100 hours of forced overtime work per month, unpaid work, standing for 11 to 12 hours while working, underage workers, severe age and gender discrimination, abuse of student and labor dispatch workers, a lack of worker safety, and verbal and physical abuse. Moreover, workers lack of any effective internal grievance channel by which to rectify these transgressions.

In August 2012, CLW published a report on child labor and other abuses in a Samsung supplier factory called HEG. Our current investigation reveals that labor violations are not simply limited to the HEG factory. Rather, these problems are rampant throughout the entire Samsung manufacturing and supply network in China.

One of the worst violators is a supplier factory called Tianjin Intops Co., Ltd, which employs about 1200 workers, almost all of whom are female dispatch workers. Here, workers must work standing for 11 hours per day, assembling one cell phone casing every 5 seconds. During peak seasons, they must work up to 150 hours of overtime per month, where the legal limit is 36 hours. And these workers are dependent on overtime for a living wage because their monthly base salaries are one half of their overtime wages. On the factory floor, for no apparent reason, workers are not allowed to wear shoes. Foremen are verbally abusive, and when these young women leave the factory, security guards will often berate them. Intops provides absolutely no safety training for workers, and those responsible for printing are not even provided masks to protect them from fumes.

This sort of illegal and inhumane treatment is rampant among Samsung’s factories and supply chain. We demand that Samsung immediately begin the process of rectifying these abuses. With profits of over $12 billion in 2011, we are confident that Samsung has the wherewithal to systematically improve labor conditions for its network of factories and supplier factories in China.

The full 122-page report can be found at

An investigation of Eight Samsung Factories in China

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Founded in 2000, China Labor Watch is an independent not-for-profit organization. In the past ten years, CLW has collaborated with labor organizations and the media to conduct a series of in-depth assessments of factories in China that produce toys, bikes, shoes, furniture, clothing, and electronics for some of the largest companies. CLW’s New York office creates reports from these investigations, educates the international community on supply chain labor issues, and pressures corporations to improve conditions for workers.

 

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Images of an investigation of 8 Samsung’s Factories in China

Brand: Samsung
Factories:

1)      Shenzhen Samsung Kejian MobileTelecommunication Technology Co., Ltd (SSKMT), with about 500 workers, is 60% owned by Samsung and primarily produces Samsung’s CDMA cell phones;

2)      Huizhou Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd (SEHZ), with about 10000 workers, is 99% owned by Samsung and primarily produces MP3/MP4 players, MINI combined speakers and receivers, and DVD home theaters;

3)      Tianjin Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd (TSEC), with about 2000 workers, is 91% owned by Samsung and primarily produces DVD players and parts for TVs;

4)      Tianjin Samsung Mobile Display Co., Ltd (TSMD), with about 3500 workers, is 95% owned by Samsung and primarily produces mobile displays;

5)      Samsung Electronics (Shandong) Digital Printing Co., Ltd (SSDP), with about 2000 workers, is 100% owned by Samsung and primarily produces digital printers;

6)      Suzhou Samsung Electronics Company Co., Ltd (SSEC), with about 4000 workers, is 88% owned by Samsung and primarily produces refrigerators, washers, air conditioners, compressors, small home appliances, and related parts;

7)      Tianjin Intops Co., Ltd (Intops), with about 1200 workers, is a supplier factory for Samsung and primarily manufactures cell phone casings;

8)      Tianjin Chaarmtech Electronic Co., Ltd, with about 900 workers, is a supplier factory for Samsung and primarily produces cell phone casings and other parts.

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